Position Opening: Executive Director

BACKGROUND

The Hoosic River Revival (HRR) is a community-based nonprofit on the forefront of the movement to restore rivers channelized for flood protection in the 1950s. We’re working to reclaim the Hoosic River as the gem of downtown North Adams, MA with a 21st-century design including wetlands, parklands, and paths that reconnect residents and tourists to a clean, beautiful, safe river. When the ecological, recreational, cultural, and economic benefits of the river are realized, the city will be transformed.

HISTORY/STATUS

2008: Founded as a community coalition to revitalize the Hoosic River and North Adams.

2013: Became a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a committed, diverse, 17-member volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Council, led by a volunteer President (also the founder).

2017 Status: Having produced a $500K partial design for Phase 1 of the 2.5-mile river restoration project, HRR now seeks a paid Executive Director (ED) to take the organization to the next level. The ED will work in conjunction with the Board of Directors (current President moving to a board role).

Anticipated 2017 budget: $275K

Learn more: www.hoosicriverrevival.org

Executive Director Responsibilities:

Leadership and Strategy

  • Build on the work to date to further develop, advocate for, and communicate HRR’s vision.
  • Work in partnership with the Board to develop and implement HRR’s strategic plan.
  • Develop progressive and feasible design concepts with the help of consultants.
  • Advance community interest and desire for the project with inspirational, effective, and informative communications and creative public engagement activities.
  • Coordinate collaboration among the public agencies that are ultimately responsible for implementation of the project (or influential supporters), such as the City of North Adams, US Army Corps of Engineers, and Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration. Maintain carefully cultivated relationships with these entities and develop new ones.
  • Assist the City of North Adams as it navigates various state and federal processes, including the complex approval process required to secure authorization from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Financial Resource Development

  • The Phase 1 restoration is expected to cost $20M. HRR has secured an $8.75M line item in the Massachusetts bond bill for Phase 1. The ED’s major Financial Resource Development responsibility will be to ensure those monies are authorized for the project, and to secure additional state, federal, and private funding for Phase 1, as needed. The total cost for the river restoration project is estimated at $200M
  • Raise funds from private or public sources to cover HRR’s internal operations (staff salary, office space, travel, consultants, etc.) and to maintain community support.

Coordination with HRR Board and Advisory Council

  • Find the right balance between taking direction and giving it; between providing support to the Board and Council and requesting and relying on support from them.
  • Lead evaluation efforts to assess board and staff effectiveness.
  • Recommend new staff positions, as necessary, and oversee their hiring and management.

Qualifications

  • Be thoroughly and enthusiastically committed to HRR’s vision
  • Have a track record of working collaboratively with a Board or in a similar relationship.
  • Be a proven, creative, effective fundraiser.
  • Possess excellent communication skills (writing, speaking, presenting).
  • Have extensive experience managing multi-faceted endeavors. Demonstrated experience navigating government processes is a plus.
  • Work comfortably with local residents, scientists, elected officials, and agency representatives.
  • Have an authoritative yet unassuming leadership style.
  • Be facile enough with technical matters to quickly learn and speak the language of river ecology and revitalization appropriate for each audience.
  • A bachelor’s or advanced degree is preferred.

Life in the Berkshires

This is a rare and special opportunity to help restore a major environmental and economic asset in a beautiful location. Though it’s the state’s smallest city, North Adams has a mix of culture, community, nature, and recreational opportunities that offer a rich yet relaxed quality of life. Cultural attractions include MASS MoCA, The Clark, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Tanglewood, and more. Both Williams College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts host many public performances, lectures by well-known speakers, and other events. North Adams is a perfect place for people who love the outdoors and was recently recognized as an Appalachian Trail Community. The ED will need to live in or near North Adams in order to interact regularly with people in the area. The ED may work from home or in an HRR office or co-working space.

Salary and Benefits

Full-time salary range is $50 – 70K annually, commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package is offered as well. Flexible/Part-time work schedule may be considered.

To Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to the Executive Director Search Committee at Director@HoosicRiverRevival.org  by January 27, 2017. Feel free to email any questions about the position before applying. Our goal is to fill the position as soon as possible.